It's important to make a conscious effort to shop and eat seasonally according to what is being grown and harvested where you are from, at the time you want to eat it. Eating by the seasons not only helps to reduce the number of miles your food has travelled, but it tastes better too. We have a variety of prepared meals full of seasonal ingredients that can be delivered to your door and added to your diet.
So, let’s take a look at what food is in season in the summer months and the nutritional benefits of integrating these seasonal ingredients into your diet.
Broccoli is a good source of fibre and protein, and contains iron, potassium, calcium, selenium and magnesium as well as the vitamins A, C, E, K and a good array of B vitamins including folic acid.
Check out Simple Food’s Charred Tahini Broccoli dish, full of powerful antioxidants and a great recipe ingredient for salads, or to be served with protein of your choice. Adding this ingredient to your diet is easier than you think, this base dish is pre-prepared and can be delivered straight to your home.
Not only is it very high in nutritional value, rich in calcium, iron and vitamins A and C, beetroot tastes great roasted in chunks and added to salads. These delicious root vegetables are also waste free! Did you know you can eat the leaves, simply cook and enjoy in the same way as spinach (we like to toss them with a touch of garlic, lemon juice and olive oil).
Aubergine is often forgotten about, but here at Simple Foods we can’t get enough of it. It is a great source of fibre and vitamins B1 and B6. For a flavoursome aubergine dish - slice, brush with oil and pop on the BBQ or stock up on our Miso Aubergine, marinated in miso paste creating a deep umami flavour and topped with spring onions, sesame seeds and a little kick from red chilli.
We’re very lucky to have strawberries, raspberries and blueberries grow in the UK. They are full of goodness and high in fibre and vitamin C - one study showed that blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries have the highest antioxidant activity of commonly consumed fruits. You can’t go wrong with a berry cheesecake (check out Simple Foods healthy blueberry cheesecake recipe) or simply eat them as they are, or blend them up into a smoothie to start the day.
For people on the go, Simple Foods delivers healthy, home cooked and ready-made meals like this straight to your front door or work space. Sustainable practices are hugely important to us and we want Simple Foods to be part of creating a better environment. Our UK based food boxes mindfully source produce from British farmers and we recycle or repurpose all of our packaging.